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3 Need for a Sectorialized Space Law Dispute Settlement Mechanism

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This chapter argues that international space law requires a special sectorialized dispute settlement mechanism that is permanent and compulsory. It first looks at the unique paradigm of activities in outer space. These include: military use of outer space and dual-use technology; international cooperation; space science and technology; commercialization of outer space; and proliferation of actors involved in space activities. The chapter then outlines the special requirements that this sectorialized dispute settlement mechanism will have to fulfill. International law has traditionally feared the individual. Standing for individuals and private entities in international law has been very restrictive. The evolution of international space law has been an efficient one, following very closely on the heels of scientific and technical advances. Certainty of efficiency can come about only from the adoption of an operational, regulated mechanism for the settlement of disputes.

Keywords: dual-use technology; international cooperation; international space law; outer space; sectorialized dispute settlement mechanism



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